How to keep bugs out of your home this fall


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One of the things we love about the cooler months is snuggling like a bug in a rug on the couch with hot chocolate, a movie and a Snuggie. But we’re not the only ones who like to take shelter when it's chilly out. Creepy crawlers just looking to survive will squirm their way into your lives once the temperature drops. Just in time for Halloween.

But before you fret the fall away, heed the advice of the National Pest Management Association.

“Pest-proofing is a year-round task that can help keep these pests out,” says Missy Henriksen, VP public affairs for NPMA. “Each season brings new pests trying to seek shelter indoors, and fall is an opportune time. While we turn off the A/C and open windows for fresh air, pests are moving into survival mode and looking to hunker down someplace warm and near a food source for the winter.”

Here are some pest-proofing tips for fall:

  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.

  • Get rid of moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk and steel wool.

  • Store food in airtight containers and throw out sealed garbage regularly.

  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.

  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house, and keep shrubbery well trimmed.

  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens.

  • Inspect items, like boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them into your home.

  • If you suspect an infestation, contact a pest professional to inspect, identify and treat.